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'Green Book' cruises on star power of Mortensen, Ali
"Green Book" can't avoid "Driving Miss Daisy" comparisons, and probably doesn't want to, as the film -- amid unease about political polarization and racial division -- conspicuously strives to be uplifting and bridge building. To the extent it achieves those objectives credit Viggo Mortensen and Mahershala Ali, whose performances bring humanity and dimension to this fact-based road movie, despite the predictable nature of its narrative journey.

'Dogs' is a feel-good tale about BFFs with tails
In case you've missed the memo, feelings are big on TV right now.

'Fantastic Beasts' plunges deeper into pre-Harry Potter world
More workmanlike than magical, "Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald" nevertheless feels like an upgrade from its predecessor, one that adds star power, introduces key characters and lays the foundation for a genuine "Wizarding World" franchise. To call J.K. Rowling's mythology-heavy plot dense would be an understatement, but the film has enough epic heft to feel like a genuine blockbuster.

'Dirty John' makes leaps from pod to screen
Traditional print outlets are understandably starry-eyed about finding new ways to cash in on their content, compensating for a dwindling business model. Enter "Dirty John," a Bravo event series adapted from the salacious multi-part Los Angeles Times articles and podcast, which -- the classy underpinnings notwithstanding -- basically plays like an old-school Lifetime movie, just stretched into episodic form.

'The Clinton Affair,' 'Enemies' probe past, with eye on present
The very busy Alex Gibney has two documentary series premiering Sunday night, and in a way, they're complementary: "The Clinton Affair" looks at events leading to President Clinton's impeachment -- featuring an extensive interview with Monica Lewinsky -- while "Enemies: The President, Justice & the FBI" explores a history of such clashes, with an eye very much on the White House's current occupant.

Missing Disney film which predates Mickey Mouse resurfaces in Japan
A 1928 Disney animation, which predates the creation of Mickey Mouse, has been unearthed in Japan, according to Japanese media.

Kim Porter, actress and model, dies at 47
Model and actress Kim Porter, who shares three children with musician and entrepreneur Sean "Diddy" Combs, died Thursday, a representative of Combs told CNN.

Ariana Grande debuts a new look and people have a lot of opinions about it
Ariana Grande is known to rock a high ponytail, but those days are long gone -- for now.

Amy Schumer hospitalized for extreme morning sickness
Amy Schumer has been hospitalized for extreme morning sickness.

Michael Douglas ages grudgingly in 'The Kominsky Method'
"The Kominsky Method" is ostensibly one of those Hollywood productions about Hollywood, but really, this Netflix comedy -- starring Michael Douglas and Alan Arkin, from "The Big Bang Theory" co-creator Chuck Lorre -- is about two more universal themes: friendship, and getting older. On those levels, the show proves breezy and likable, and about as far from the ad-supported pressure to reach "younger demos" as a TV show can get.